Hot air balloon to publicise Parkinson’s Awareness Week

A hot air balloon will be launched from Tyntesfield in Somerset on 18th April to advertise the events which have been organised as part of Parkinson’s Awareness Week.

The North West Somerset branch of Parkinson’s UK has organised several events during the week 16th-22nd April, planning well ahead by planting 2,000 red tulips in the garden of Tyntesfield. The tulips are already out in bloom, providing a colourful backdrop to the week.

The prize-winning red and white tulip was developed in 1980 by a Dutch grower who named it the Dr. James Parkinson bulb in honour of the English doctor who first recognised the condition in 1817 and it was adopted as the international emblem of Parkinson’s disease at a conference in Luxemburg in 2005.

Fund raising events during the week include an auction of colourful quilts made by volunteers, a fly past by the Red Arrows over the area and a concert by the Avon Glen Pipes and Drums at nearby Clevedon bandstand on Sunday 22nd April. One intriguing fundraiser is described as a ‘fantasy painting’ of the hot air balloon over Tyntesefield, which will be used as a raffle prize.

It is hoped that Parkinson’s Awareness Week will bring more information to the public about the disease, which at present has no cure. Although it is a disease mainly afflicting the over 50s, younger people can also fall victim to the illness, with one of the most well-known people with the disease being the former champion boxer Muhammad Ali.

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